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Proposed Bipartisan Legislation Would Create First Federally Funded Program to Address Children’s Vision and Eye Health

Prevent Blindness urges House and Senate to quickly pass “Early Detection of Vision Impairments for Children Act” to improve access, diagnosis, and treatment for kids ages 2-17 Prevent Blindness applauds the introduction of the “Early Detection of Vision Impairments in Children (EDVI) Act,” in the U.S. House of Representatives and urges the 118th Congress to

Advocacy Action Alert: Protect Access to Sight-Saving Glaucoma Care!

Act today to help protect access to sight-saving glaucoma care for Medicare beneficiaries!  Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allowed a decision to move forward on how micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) will be covered for individuals who have glaucoma. Prevent Blindness is concerned that this recent decision will seriously compromise sight-saving glaucoma

Prevent Blindness and Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, DC to Host World Sight Day Congressional Briefing and Vision Screening Event

In recognition of World Sight Day, this year on Thursday, October 12, Prevent Blindness and the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, DC are proud to host a vision screening event and Congressional lunch briefing on Capitol Hill. During this event, Members of Congress, legislative staff, and the public will have the opportunity to

Prevent Blindness urges enhanced role for vision and eye health in first major opportunity to change Older Americans Act program regulations since 1988

The Administration for Community Living, which administers programs under the Older Americans Act (OAA) recently issued a proposed rule to update several aspects of the OAA. This is the first time that the program would see significant changes since 1988. The proposals were based in part on several aspects of a stakeholder request for information issued in 2022, to

The Most Urgent Voice in Eye Research -The Patient’s

JAMA Ophthalmology has published a new article by Jeff Todd, Prevent Blindness President and CEO and Kira Baldonado, MPH, Prevent Blindness Vice President of Public Health and Policy.  The Most Urgent Voice in Eye Research—The Patient’s, addresses the importance of engaging patients early and often across the research development timeline for new medicines and treatments.

Prevent Blindness Statement on Texas Court Decision Regarding ACA Preventive Services

Prevent Blindness is disappointed in a recent decision from a Texas federal court that could jeopardize access to preventive screenings—including pediatric vision screenings and screenings for diabetes for adults—that are currently provided under Affordable Care Act marketplace plans at no cost to beneficiaries. This court decision, which is currently being appealed by the Biden Administration, comes at a

Prevent Blindness Eighteenth Annual “Eyes on Capitol Hill” Event

Annual Patient Advocacy Event from Prevent Blindness Convenes Stakeholders in Eye Health to Discuss Issues Related to Access to Care, Health Equity, Funding Needs, with Nation’s Elected Officials Prevent Blindness held its eighteenth annual Eyes on Capitol Hill advocacy event on March 7-8, 2023. Entering its 115th year as a public health advocacy organization, Prevent

Prevent Blindness supports UN Special Envoy on Vision appointment

Prevent Blindness supports the appointment of a Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Vision to the United Nations Today, Prevent Blindness has requested that Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, join us in calling for this appointment. In 2021, the UN General Assembly adopted the first-ever “Vision for Everyone” resolution to

FY 2023 funding includes $6.5M for CDC’s Vision & Eye Health Programs

Congress has released its long-awaited Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 spending legislation, which includes a total of $6.5 million for vision and eye health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In particular, the omnibus spending legislation would fund the Vision Health Initiative (VHI) at $2.5 million in FY2023 – a $1 million